Taste of Egypt

Cairo to Cairo

with Avalon Waterways

Join Avalon Waterways for an adventure to ancient Egypt, as well as its modern enjoyments on a Nile River cruise for the ages. Arrive in Cairo and explore the pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. See the treasures of King Tutankahmun’s tomb in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. (note: upon its opening the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will replace Cairo’s Egyptian Museum in this itinerary.) In Old Cairo, visit the Alabaster Mosque, situated on the summit of the Citadel. Visit Abu Serga Church built on the spot where the Holy Family stopped and rested towards the end of their journey to Egypt. Also see the 4th century Church of the Virgin Mary (called the Hanging Church), built on the remains of an old Roman Babylon fortress. These and more exciting discoveries are to be found as you see Egypt’s incredible monuments to pharaohs and gods of Egyptian history.

Fly to Luxor to embark on your Nile River cruise. You’ll visit the monument of Karnak with its ancient, Avenue of the Sphinxes and the Temple of Amun-Ra as well as Luxor Temple. Visit the valley of Kings and Valley of Queens, where the pristine tomb of King Tutankahmun was found with undisturbed riches and splendour. This incredible cruise on the Nile River takes you to amazing ancient sites, including the Temple of Edfu, twin temples at Kom Ombo, devoted to the crocodile god Sobek-Ra and the falcon god Horus. Ponder the magnitude of the task of building the pyramids with a visit to the granite quarries—where an unfinished obelisk still remains. Visit the Temple of Isis, then take a return flight to Cairo to explore the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization and its Hall of Mummies before a felucca ride on the Nile and the chance to browse the bustling maze of the endless bazaar in Cairo’s medieval alleys. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime vacation tour in Cairo, expedition to Egypt’s ancient pyramids and temples, and a Nile River cruise you’ll never forget.

Cairo to Cairo 15 November 2024 From $6733 pp share twin

About Avalon Waterways 
Beyond the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows is a world waiting to be explored – your way.

In Egypt, the MS Farah is your vessel, and in Arabic, Farah means Happiness and Joy. In this spirit, you will enjoy one of Egypt’s most elite ships on the Nile. Cruise in style and comfort, while enjoying the mysterious and magnificent sights and experiences only found in the Egyptian landscapes. The MS Farah ship offers 56 deluxe cabins and 2 Royal Suites that feature style and comfort with oversized French balconies that are virtually wall-sized. Exploring the Nile River aboard the MS Farah is an elegant, first-class experience with a touch of mystery combined with an old world spirit of adventure, and state-of-the-art comfort, of course! Relax with onboard features, including Deluxe and Royal Suites, spa services, Wi-Fi, gourmet dining, and a caring crew who create an exceptional experience in comfort, customer service, and classic adventure on board one of the Nile’s most elite river ships.

Itinerary
DAY 1:   CAIRO, EGYPT
Welcome to Cairo, “Mother of the World”

DAY 2:   CAIRO
Desert Sands and Secrets of the Sphinx CLASSIC This morning take a close-up look at one of the World’s Seven Wonders and guardian of the great pyramids, the enigmatic Sphinx, and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built, and of course enjoy the visit to the newly discovered the Noble Tombs. Afterwards, enjoy a special open lunch in one of the most beautiful local restaurant. CLASSIC Drive to Sakkara, a vast desert necropolis built for kings and nobles, and its “Stairway to the Sky,” the oldest of all pyramids. Also admire the special tomb of Mary Roca and the Step Pyramid of King Zoser. CLASSIC This evening, enjoy a Guided Visit to the National Museum of Civilization, displaying a collection of 50,000 artifacts, presenting the Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day.(B)

DAY 3:   CAIRO
Ancient Cairo, a Boy King, and the Christ Child CLASSIC Enjoy a guided visit to the now-famous Tahrir Square and visit the Egyptian Museum*. Peruse King Tutankhamun’s fabulous treasures and many other priceless artifacts of ancient Egypt. CLASSIC Drive to walled city of Old Cairo, with Saladin’s 12th-century citadel, and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. CLASSIC Drive to “Coptic Cairo” to see the Cave Church where the Virgin Mary and Jesus sought refuge while in Egypt. Proceed to visit the hanging church which dates back to the forth century, built on the remains of an old Roman Babylon fortress. Walk to see Cairo’s oldest Jewish synagogue, founded in the 9th century. * Note: upon its opening, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will replace Cairo’s Egyptian Museum for this itinerary. (B)

DAY 4:   CAIRO-LUXOR (EMBARKATION)
The World’s Greatest Open-Air Museum Fly 300 miles up the Nile Valley to Luxor to embark on your Nile River cruise. CLASSIC See the stunning monuments of Luxor and Karnak, ancient cities whose combined populations swelled to more than one million. Walk among the pillars of the colossal Temple of Amun Ra and along the Avenue of the Sphinxes for an experience you will treasure for a lifetime. Consider an Optional Guided Excursion to enjoy the sound and light show in Karnak Temple. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LUXOR (B,L,D)

DAY 5:   LUXOR-EDFU
Royal Resting Places of Kings and Queens CLASSIC Venture to the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens on the west bank of the Nile where generations of pharaohs and nobles were entombed in Cliffside crypts. See where 62 royal tombs have thus far been discovered, of which one was virtually intact-the splendid tomb of Tutankhamun discovered in 1922. CLASSIC Visit Deir El-Bahri, Queen Hatshepsut’s monumental rock temple. Stop for pictures at the two Colossi of Memnon guarding the valleys. DISCOVERY This evening, enjoy live entertainment on-board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN EDFU(B,L,D)

DAY 6:   EDFU-KOM OMBO-ASWAN
Egyptian Gods of the River and Sky CLASSIC This morning visit the Temple of Horus with its menacing black stone statue of the falcon god. CLASSIC Enjoy beautiful Kom Ombo for a short walk to its bluff-top twin temples. The right side is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek-Ra, while the left side is dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Enjoy a leisurely sail to Aswan. DISCOVERY Enjoy an exclusive lecture on this ancient civilization by your Egyptologist. Tonight enjoy live entertainment on-board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ASWAN (B,L,D)

DAY 7:   ASWAN
Temples from Above and Islands Below This morning, consider flying to Abu Simbel to join a Guided Optional Excursion of the huge massive sandstone temples (weather permitting). CLASSIC Board a Felucca (traditional wooden sailing boat) and cross the blue waters of the Nile. En route, see the ancient water measurement system, “Nilometer,” on the Nile’s Elephantine Island. Visit Kitchener Island’s lush Botanical Gardens and the splendid Aga Khan Mausoleum on the left bank. Join an Optional Excursion to the Sound and Light show in Philae Temple. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ASWAN (B,L,D)

DAY 8:   
ASWAN (DISEMBARKATION)-CAIRO
Work in Progress and the Goddess Isis CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Excursion at to explore the Granite Quarries that supplied ancient Egypt with its hard stones for the pyramids in Giza. See the famous unfinished obelisk, still remaining in the quarry. CLASSIC Visit the gigantic Aswan High Dam, completed in 1970. Board a motor launch to the island of Agilika between the two dams. Visit the Temple Of Isis, which was dismantled from the submerged island of Philae and reassembled here. Board your flight back to Cairo later today, and consider attending an Optional Dinner Cruise on the Nile to celebrate your Egyptian adventure. (B)

DAY 9:   CAIRO
Amazing Palaces and Marketplace Mazes CLASSIC – Enjoy a special tour of the world’s widest open-air museum to admire palaces and mosques. Browse the maze of shops in the vast labyrinths of the Khan al Khali Souk bazaar and Medieval alleyways. CLASSIC – Take in a full panoramic view of Cairo from the Nile River-on board a traditional wooden sailing vessel (Felucca). en enjoy a typical Egyptian light lunch (Coshair or Falafel) with yummy ice cream in downtown Cairo. CLASSIC – Discover Cairo by night on an orientation tour in the old city. (B)

DAY 10:   CAIRO
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Includes
* Cruise and tour as per detailed itinerary
* 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
* 2 glasses of local wine or beer plus tea and coffee will be served during lunch and dinner
* BBQ lunch or dinner on the sun deck (weather permitting)
* Onboard cooking class for Egyptian cuisine
* Free use of gym, sauna and steam room onboard
* Free WiFi throughout the ship
* Onboard local entertainment
* Professional Cruise Director & Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide

Where will my cabin be?
Avalon Waterways Egypt ship features 56 deluxe suites that are located over 4 decks.

Travel dates
15 November 2024

October and November are an ideal time to travel to Egypt, as the weather will be slightly cooler. However as the most popular, prices are higher. Cheaper prices may be higher for ‘off peak’ travel, do enquire.

Please book early for 2024 to avoid disappointment. 

Book by
Until sold out

Price
From $6733 pp share twin Deluxe Stateroom, Category D

Space is limited, subject to availability at time of booking

Terms & Conditions
Prices shown unless otherwise stated are in NZ$, and are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, Eftpos, direct deposit or cleared cheque only.  Credit Card payments are also accepted but will incur a small surcharge, please enquire.   Price includes your cruise fare based on a share twin/double basis in NZ$, based on a Deluxe Stateroom, Category D, and known Port Taxes & Govt Fees. Gratuities additional. Special conditions apply for all Bonus Inclusions, please discuss with your Ocean Escapes consultant. Please discuss full Terms and Conditions of this offer with Ocean Escapes.  Deposit due immediately upon booking confirmation. Other conditions may apply. Tour WUAY

Pricing:

Prices correct as at 13 May 2024, subject to change without notice. We encourage you to check the most current price with our team, in particular any offers including flights and/or accommodation. Whilst we endeavour to keep our website up to date at all times, please understand if price changes may not be reflected immediately. Other conditions may apply. E&OE.